Forpadydeplasterer will have the John Smith's Grand National as his big target after recording his first victory in well over three years with a stylish performance in the Glen Chase at Thurles.
Although without a victory since his Arkle Trophy success at the 2009 Cheltenham Festival, Tom Cooper's 10-year-old has filled the runner-up spot on a number of occasions at the very highest level.
Sent off a 3-1 shot faced with five rivals on his second attempt a three miles, Forpadydeplasterer was ridden patiently by Bryan Cooper but made eyecatching headway to take closer order rounding the home turn.
Snooze did his best out in front, but Forpadydeplasterer took over at the final fence and kicked clear to score by five-and-a-half lengths.
Berties Dream just grabbed third spot from 2011 Grand National runner-up Oscar Time, who ran a perfectly satisfactory race on his first appearance in a year.
Cooper said: “That is a great relief after three-and-a-half years without a win.
“This was an ideal race for him, even though it was over three miles on heavy ground, but he got the job done. He will be trained for the Grand National now.”
Stan James gave Forpadydeplasterer a 50-1 quote for Aintree.
Meanwhile, Ed Dunlop's star mare Snow Fairy has had her victory in the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville taken away after failing a test for a banned substance.
Connections have explained it was due to anti-inflammatory treatment the five-year-old has been receiving. Snow Fairy has struggled with injury through her career, winning again in the Irish Champion Stakes after her comeback in Normandy, but she is currently on the sidelines again.
“We have sadly learnt that Snow Fairy has been disqualified from her victory in the Prix Romanet in Deauville as a result of failing a routine dope test,” said Dunlop in a statement.
“Due to the significant tendon injury that she suffered at the end of last year, Snow Fairy has required anti-inflammatory medication to help the injury.
“Unfortunately the withdrawal period was longer than we had been advised. The trainer is ultimately responsible and for that we would like to offer our sincerest apologies to all parties.”